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Why must Don Wildmon 'open mouth'?

by Jeremy Hooper

We haven't been the least bit surprised that the American Family Association is up in arms over the same-sex kiss that recently aired on "As The World Turns." But what we have found bizarrely shocking is the obsession they've shown in declaring the kiss to be an "open mouth" smooch.

In the third press release we've seen in which the AFA has used the "open mouth" line, Don Wildmon's notoriously queer-hostile group today says this of the lip lock:

P&G has added homosexual lovers to its soap opera “As the World Turns.” It has also added scenes of homosexuals with open mouth kissing. The motive behind P&G’s push is to desensitize viewers, especially younger viewers, to the homosexual lifestyle. The ultimate goal of homosexual activists is homosexual marriage.

Alright, so as for the flawed claim that gay characters are on the soap to push an "agenda" rather than simply tell a story that represents a viable demographic -- well, we'll just have to trust you to use your own mental facilities to process that one. The peculiar "open mouth" claim, however? Well, with film being the record-keeping medium that it is and the pause button serving the function that does, we have a very easy way to nip the AFA's odd "ope mouth" obsession in the bud:


Now, obviously we would have had no problem with the kiss even if Noah had ingested Luke's entire head. So the point is not to prove that the actors stayed within the bounds of "acceptability" by keeping their puckers safely closed. The point is to show how the AFA ALWAYS picks some sort of flawed message that they think will heighten the outrage within their social conservative ranks, and then they regurgitate it endlessly regardless of fact. They've clearly chosen this silly "open mouth" nonsense because it takes the kiss out of the realm of sweet and makes it sound like a dirty bit of pornography meant to satiate the salacious gays. But as you can so easily see, it was simply not an "open mouth" kiss. And as you'll easily realize if you think about the "why" behind their repeated insistence that it is, the AFA is simply not an open minded group that feels in anyway constrained by actuality.

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Very nicely done. It plays pretty neat at full speed, but this is soooooo cute! Don't know why they aren't happy enough just denouncing the kiss. Sounds like they WANTED it to progress too.

Posted by: LOrion | May 2, 2008 4:07:53 PM

I'm not convinced that it wasn't an open-mouth kiss..I better um...research the original footage some more. Yeah.

Posted by: zortnac | May 2, 2008 4:12:33 PM

It is good to see that they turn a blind-eye to all of the pre- and extra-marital sex that permeates all of those soaps! Maybe that desensitization is working even on them!

Posted by: Dick Mills | May 2, 2008 4:23:59 PM

Maybe there are outtakes Zortnac.

Posted by: LOrion | May 2, 2008 4:34:02 PM

I just got an email from the AFA Action Alert list (honestly I don't know how I got on the list, though I guess it's from when I sent one of their prefabricated emails as a joke to a friend), and Don's trying to get all of his Godly followers to call up an automated phone line where they're instructed to vote that they do NOT like the gay kiss.

This is really keeping this man up at nights. He is one small step away from being the grouchy old guy downstairs with a broom, banging on the ceiling because the younger upstairs neighbors are playing DDR.

Posted by: zortnac | May 2, 2008 5:33:02 PM

"I guess it's from when I sent one of their prefabricated emails as a joke to a friend"

That's exactly how, zortnac. And in the most dishonest of fashions, they will now forever count you as a "supporter"!

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 2, 2008 5:35:27 PM

I think that in order to be extra vigilant there must be some AFA people who watch every gay kiss, "just to check".

I seriously want that job.

Posted by: Corvidae | May 2, 2008 8:04:13 PM

Good one Dick Mills! LOL!
I remember back in the day when they treated interracial couples with the same 'stage kiss'. You'd never see them kiss, in bed together or in any way behaving like ALL the other lovers on the same or any other soap.

Tell you what people, TORCHWOOD gets my vote for the best gay and sosexuals in any primetime serial.
It figures that a British show would do it.
Y'all had a taste of that fine enigma of a long trench wearing immortal hero?
The location is Cardiff, Wales...but Captain Jack is American.
He's the leader of the Torchwood investigative team.
My roomie and I have actually been touched by the sort of old world passion he has for men.

And still, as far as this soap opera is concerned, both the actors are straight, yes?
Perhaps Wildmon is having kittens because, you know...'the gays have corrupted HOllywood and made straight guys go gay!'

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | May 3, 2008 8:04:27 PM

Here's the P&G contact info:


Press 2 - to choose the Nuke storyline
Press 1 - to say you want it to continue

Posted by: libhomo | May 4, 2008 6:32:40 PM


This pic would have been perfect for this post LOL:


Posted by: Scott | May 4, 2008 11:34:51 PM

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